TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Bay Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Glenn Morshower, John Turturro, Tony Hale, Mitch Pileggi, Santiago Cabrera, Jim Galligan, Stanley Tucci, voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ken Watanabe, Jim Carter, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, John DiMaggio, Jess Harnell, Gemma Chan. Michael Bay makes more robot porn for 13-year-old boys. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth instalment in Michael Bay’s series of big budget special effects Continue reading

HOTEL COOLGARDIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Pete Gleeson. Coolgardie is a small mining town situated some 500kms east of Perth. It is a remote, insular and isolated town where little ever happens. The social hub of the town is the local pub, the Denver City Hotel. Every season a couple of new barmaids, usually backpackers from Europe, arrive for a three-month stint to earn some money, pouring beers. This fly on the wall verite documentary from first time feature film maker Pete Gleeson follows the latest two arrivals – Finnish backpackers Lina and Steph. Continue reading

KEDI

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ceyda Torun. Kedi is the Turkish word for cat, and cat lovers everywhere will relish this simple but charming documentary from Turkey about the stray cats that live on the streets of Istanbul. Cats have been a feature of the city for hundreds of years. The adorable feral felines are cared for by the various local people who work in the market, the shops and the harbour, who also feed them. The cats are for the most part independent, but are more than happy to accept food and hugs from the locals. Kedi is the debut Continue reading

ROUGH NIGHT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lucia Aniello Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Grazer, Zoe Kravitz, Paul W Downs, Ty Burrell, Demi Moore, Dean Winters, Enrique Murciano, Colton Haynes, Patrick Carlyle, Eric Andre, Bo Burnham, Ryan Cooper. A few best women? Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a bumpy night? The premise behind this bland R-rated female centric comedy is like Peter Berg’s 1998 black comedy Very Bad Things (in which a prostitute is accidentally killed during a bachelor party and things turn nasty). But here Continue reading

THE PROMISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Terry George Stars: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, Marwan Kenzari, Shorheh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell, Jean Reno, Tom Hollander, Angela Sarafyan, Numan Acar, Igal Naor, Tamer Hassan. Political filmmaker Terry George delves into the mass murder of Armenian citizens in his new film The Promise. George wears his heart on his sleeve, and has tackled big subjects before, such as the issue of IRA hunger strikers in his 1996 drama Some Mother’s Sons and the 1994 mass genocide in Rwanda in his 2004 drama Hotel Rwanda. His Continue reading